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Lewis, Carl Frederick Carleton L.

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US track and field athlete. In a glittering career, Lewis won nine Olympic gold medals: 100m, 200m, 4 x 100m relay, and long jump (1984, Los Angeles), equalling Jesse Owens' feat; 100m and long jump (Seoul, 1988); long jump and 4 x 100m relay (Barcelona, 1992); and long jump (Atlanta, 1996). Lewis set 100m world records at the Seoul Olympics (9.97sec) and the 1991 World Championships (9.86sec).

US track and field athlete. He won nine gold medals and one silver in four successive Olympic Games. At the 1984 Olympic Games he equalled the performance of Jesse Owens, winning gold medals in the 100 and 200 metres, 400-metre relay, and long jump. He officially ended his career in 1997 at the age of 36. In November 1999 he was voted "Sportsman of the Century" by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and in December 1999 the US magazine Sports Illustrated named him the "Best Olympian of the 20th Century". Career highlights Olympic Games gold 100 metres 1984, 1988; gold 200 metres 1984; gold 4 × 100-metre relay 1984, 1992; gold long jump 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996; silver 200 metres 1988 World Championships gold 100 metres 1983, 1991; gold 4 × 100-metre relay 1983, 1987, 1991; gold long jump 1983, 1987; silver long jump 1991...    Continue Reading
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